How Much Crack Does It Take To Overdose?

How Much Crack Does It Take To Overdose?

In the 1980s, crack cocaine abuse became an urban epidemic and led to some of the stiffest drug laws ever to exist in a first-world country. We view crack addicts as criminals, not victims. But crack doesn’t just destroy your future bit by bit. It destroys your health bit by bit, too.

Death from crack overdose is rare. It does, however, cause a lot of emergency room visits. It’s often involved in a large percentage of polydrug overdoses(overdoses from drug-combinations). The purity of crack cocaine varies greatly from batch to batch, but even the lowest end, about 20 percent, is pure enough to cause organ failure of some kind with just five grams.

Crack Cocaine Overdose

Once smoked, crack quickly makes its way into the bloodstream, across the blood-brain barrier. Within 1-5 hours of using crack, users may experience:

  • Agitation
  • Cold sweats
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Coughing
  • Tremors
  • Fainting
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Slow heart rate
  • Violent behavior
  • Vomiting

Crack use causes significant damage to the heart and lungs, but overdose doesn’t always happen in the form of immediate organ failure. In fact, only 10 percent of fatal crack overdoses happen this way. Most overdoses happen slowly, over time. To think that someone can remain in a state overdose for an extended period of time may seem strange, but almost any urban citizen is familiar with the “paranoid junkies” they see on the streets. Those people don’t look sick because they’re high, but because they’ve caused extensive damage to their central nervous system.

Get Help for a Crack Addiction

It’s hard to comprehend that beneath all the emotional turmoil—the exhaustion, the anger, the sadness, the fear—is an even stronger sense of euphoria. Crack is one of the most difficult drugs to kick because it eats away at the decision-making parts of the brain (as well as several other important parts).

When we think of crack cocaine addicts, we think about the threats they pose to us. The truth is that crack addicts are much more likely to harm themselves. They also cost law enforcement and hospitals millions of tax dollars per year from emergency room visits. This powerful drug is almost certain to cause overdose eventually. There’s no healthy dosage of crack cocaine; it’s just too strong and too habit-forming.

If you’re a young male adult struggling with crack cocaine dependency, get help as soon as possible. The addiction intensifies quickly. The sooner you reach out, the better. Call our Arizona Drug Rehab today: (888) 744-9969


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